SSAC Deadline for Research/Creative Activity & Publication Applications is October 7


The second Senate Scholarly Activities Committee deadline for submission of applications is Friday, October 7, 2016. Only Research/Creative Activity or Publication applications will be considered at that time. No other applications will be considered at that time. Read more

School of Medicine & Health Sciences announces Premed Day

Anyone who is interested in learning about a career as a physician or is in the process of applying to medical school is invited to attend the annual PremedDay on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences (UND SMHS) in Grand Forks. stethoscope-apple

Organized by the UND SMHS Student Council, this is a wonderful opportunity for college undergraduates and high school juniors and seniors who are thinking about becoming a physician.  Individuals who have applied to medical school and who need more specific information on the admissions process may also attend. Read more

Funding Opportunity: ND EPSCoR Track-1 Emerging Area Seed Award

The ND EPSCoR—UND office seeks to provide up to five $35,000 seed awards to UND researchers in areas of emerging high impact and transformative research related to the Track-1 research centers. Information on the Track-1 research centers (i.e., Regional Climate Studies (CRCS) and Sustainable Material Science (CSMS)) can be found on the ND EPSCoR website. Read more

NIH funds $1.5 million UND study of transgenerational threat from amphetamines

If your mother or father were addicted to amphetamines, does that increase your risk of becoming addicted? An answer to that question is a focus of a $1.5 million, five-year grant to the School of Medicine & Health Sciences from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse. The study, titled “Amphetamine Causes Transgenerational Effects,” will be led by Associate Professor Lucia Carvelli, PhD, in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.
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“Joggin’ with Josh” rescheduled to Sept. 29

joggin-with-josh-2014-hsJoshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH, vice president for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, invites the community and all students, faculty, and staff at the School and the University to advocate healthful lifestyles by joining him for Joggin’ with Josh, an informal 5K or 10K walk, jog, or run on Thursday, Sept. 15. This is a free public event. Everyone is welcome to participate, so please bring your family and friends.

A sign-up table will be in the School of Medicine & Health Sciences’ East Atrium at the south entrance to the school, 1301 N. Columbia Road; sign-up and T-shirt pickup starts at 4 p.m. The dean will speak to the group before the event, which starts at 4:30 p.m. To get a head start on your fellow participants, please complete the sign-up form available here and bring it with you to the SMHS. Forms will also be available in the East Atrium before the event. Read more

National Institutes of Health funds multi-university study of new public health threat

A distantly related cousin to the bacterium that causes Lyme disease is the focus of a new multi-university research study funded by the National Institutes of Health Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The grant brings together an expert team of microbiologists and tick researchers led by Principal Investigator Brian Stevenson, PhD, a professor at the University of Kentucky, and Coinvestigators Catherine A. Brissette, PhD, an assistant professor at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences; and Jean Tsao, PhD, an associate professor at Michigan State University.

Lyme disease is caused by a spiral-shaped bacterium known as Borrelia burgdorferi, which is the cause of more than 90 percent of all tick-borne diseases affecting humans in the United States. Estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that 300,000 people each year are affected by Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a debilitating and significant public health problem that can result in arthritis, heart problems, and neurological impairment and disability. Read more

SSAC deadline for travel applications is Sept. 9

Travel Grant Applications

Friday, September 9, 2016, is the deadline for submission of Senate Scholarly Activities Committee Travel Grant Applications. This deadline is for travel occurring between September 16, 2016, and January 15, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted. Read more

Institutional Review Board meets Oct. 7

UND’s Institutional Review Board Meeting will be held Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 in Twamley, Room 305 at 2:00 p.m., to consider all Full Board Review research proposals that are submitted to the IRB Office before Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the Clinical Medical Subcommittee before being brought to the Full Board. Proposals for these projects are due in the Institutional Review Board Office before Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016.

Minutes from the meeting will be available in the IRB Office approximately one week after the meeting.

~ Stepffanie Brewer, Administrative Secretary, Institutional Review Board

Grupo Medicos Dakota

At the School of Medicine & Health Sciences Medical Doctor White Coat Ceremony in August 2012, six members of the MD Class of 2016 donned their white coats as first-year medical students. They had just completed their first week of orientation to medical school and their first week of classes in the SMHS’s nationally recognized patient-centered-learning curriculum, where biomedical and clinical sciences are taught in the context of patient cases. Their first patient case was taught by SMHS Dean Joshua Wynne, concerning Ben, a young man who developed osteomyelitis of his lower leg.Grupo Medicos Dakota

Almost four years later and over 4,000 miles away from Grand Forks, they carried to Chimbote, Peru, what they learned from Ben and other patients to complete a final elective before graduation. The formal title of the elective is International /Developing Nation Medicine.  As a part of the School’s service-learning initiative, the course’s stated goal is “to provide education and experience in the unique challenges and strategies of healthcare delivery for people in a developing country.” Read more

NIH Funds Basson’s Study of Treatment to Alleviate Effects from Starvation or Intestinal Surgery

When children or adults either undergo prolonged fasting or have much of their small intestine removed because of disease, they are often initially unable to eat enough to survive. Without sufficient intestinal adaptation, they may be condemned to permanent intravenous feedings, with a substantial impact on quality and length of life, or require small bowel transplantation, which has its own complications.
basson-marc-hs-3“Current medical treatment for this condition has limited efficacy,” said Marc D. Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS, the associate dean for medicine and professor of surgery and of biomedical sciences at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “We have identified a novel protein that turns on the function of the cells that line the small intestine and may offer a new approach to the management of this condition.” Read more

Civil Engineering Assistant Professor Organizes a Three-day Symposium at the 252nd ACS National Meeting

Dr. Feng ‘Frank’ Xiao, a Civil Engineering Assistant Professor, will attend the 252nd ACS National Meeting (Philadelphia, August 21-25) where he will organize and co-chair a three-day symposium on environmental sorption and advanced oxidation processes and present a paper on the interactions between heavy metals with environmental and engineered black carbon. The ACS National Meeting is one of the largest conferences in chemistry/biology and chemical/biological/environmental engineering bringing together ~15,000 attendees including professors, scientists, postdocts, students and other professionals. Dr. Xiao’s symposium has 46 oral presentations with two keynotes and 22 invited speeches by leading scientists in the field, including the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

~ Feng Xiao, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

ND STAR Receives Grant from North Dakota Department of Health for EMS Training


Grand Forks, N.D.—North Dakota Simulation, Teaching, and Research for Healthcare Education (ND STAR) at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences has received a $100,000 grant from the North Dakota Department of Health to support “Simulation in Motion – North Dakota EMS Training.” Simulation in Motion – North Dakota (SIM-ND) is a statewide, mobile education system using high-fidelity human patient simulators to train pre-hospital and hospital personnel. The project was designed to enhance the training of emergency medical service programs. This grant will cover warranties on all of the SIM-ND simulators. Currently, there are 16 simulators on the four SIM-ND mobile labs. The UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences will contribute an in-kind contribution of staff salaries to help manage the project. Read more

UND Summer Undergraduate Students Present Research

2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session 057--E-NewsFifty undergraduates present the results of their labors this summer at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Experience poster session from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Thursday, August 4, on the second floor of the new School of Medicine & Health Sciences building at 1301 North Columbia Road. For the past ten weeks, students from UND, as well as from rural and tribal colleges in Minnesota, North Dakota, and across the nation have conducted research and participated in a number of related educational opportunities. Students participated, shoulder-to-shoulder, with their mentor scientists from the UND Department of Biology, the UND Department of Civil Engineering, the UND SMHS Departments of Pathology and Biomedical Sciences, Cankdeska Cikana Community College, and the UND SMHS Center for Rural Health. Read more